A delighted couple are looking forward to their first Christmas with their 'miracle' twins.

Nicola Dunward was told she could not conceive naturally as her fallopian tubes were blocked.

So the 32-year-old and husband Andrew, 41, underwent IVF to have first daughter Amber who’s now two.

But the couple were shocked when they conceived their identical twin girls naturally, reports the Daily Record.

Nicola explained: "They really are our wee miracles as their older sister was conceived by IVF, so we thought we could never conceive naturally. Low and behold these two wee crackers came along in August and completed our family."

Proud dad Andrew with newborn twins Chloe and Sophia

Nicola and Andrew who are both in the police, had been trying for a baby for about four years when tests revealed Nicola’s fallopian tubes were blocked.

They managed to have daughter Amber in August 2017 with IVF on the NHS.

"We still had eggs frozen so we booked an appointment for January this year to look into another round of IVF," explained Nicola.

"I had bad postnatal depression after Amber so it was a bit of a task deciding whether to try again and consider the amount it puts your body through as well. And we didn’t know if it would work."

But five days before the appointment I found out I was pregnant. It was a complete shock to the system. They got me in for an early scan because of the issues to make sure everything was in the right place.

"The midwife said, ‘Do you see the little heart beat? And there’s the other heart beat’. My husband went completely white as a sheet he was in complete shock.

"We were completely delighted. We couldn’t believe it had happened. It was a wee miracle for us.

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“They’d previously done a test where they put a dye through to check my tubes and it didn’t go anywhere showing they were completely blocked. But somehow one of the eggs managed to get through and split for identical twins.

“We’re having a family Christmas in the house with our parents and I’m really excited about it all.”

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